West Ham Star Dismisses ‘Myth’

Sam Allardyce

West Ham midfielder Matty Taylor has rubbished speculation that West Ham play long ball football under boss Sam Allardyce.

Many fans who have not watched the Hammers this season will instantly put Allardyce’s reputation and Andy Carroll’s height together and throw up a long ball conclusion that is extremely exaggerated.

There is no doubt that West Ham can play the ball direct but Taylor has emphasised the quality that the East London club possess in midfield that would be wasted if they were watching the ball in the sky for the majority of the game.

West Ham are yet to secure their Premier League survival but are just a few results away from doing so with West Brom coming to Upton Park today.

Allardyce has not been the most popular manager with a small section of the clubs supporters but Taylor has praised his boss ahead of the former Bolton man signing a new deal at the club.

“It’s a myth that West Ham are a long ball side,” Taylor told talkSPORT.

“You just have to look at the calibre of footballers at the club.

“You can’t tell me that Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan or Mohamed Diame want to keep kicking the ball up to Andy Carroll. They want to play, and we do that well.

“Sam will tell you it’s a stigma that’s followed him throughout his career. It probably started when he was successful at Bolton.

“We don’t have an issue with it though. If everyone thinks that’s how we’re going to play that’s fine. We can pass it as well as any side in the Premier League, so it’s only a positive thing for us.”

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